Daily Fantasy Basketball: DraftStreet Value Plays and Lineup – March 23

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On DraftStreet, there is a $100,000 cap, which is used for eight players; three forwards, three guards, a center, and a utility player. In terms of value, should a player cost $15,000, incredible value would be 45 fantasy points. Unlike other daily sites, playing for five times value is not the goal here, as it is nearly impossible to find on a consistent basis. As a $100K salary cap would yield about 225-255 fantasy points for a good night, the best value is normally 2.25 or higher. Anything above 2.25 is a great value.

If you have not played over at DraftStreet, be sure to check the scoring system first, as it varies from other sites. Head over to make your deposit and start playing tonight!

DraftStreet Scoring: PTS: 1 pt, REB: 1.25 pt, AST: 1.5 pt, TO: -1 pt, Missed FT: -0.5 pt, Missed FG: -0.5 pt, STL: 2 pt, BLK: 2pt.

There is a seven-game slate today in the NBA. Get your lineups in as soon as possible.

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Value Plays

Guard

Nick Young LAL ($9,050)

With a short slate of just seven games, most fantasy basketball players try to find a game that will be filled with points. Luckily for you, that game is quite visible right off the bat. The Magic and the Lakers face off tonight in Los Angeles in what promises to be one of the highest scoring games in the last week. Las Vegas has set the over/under for the game at 216 points, but all the signs point to the over. The first beneficiary is Nick Young. “Swaggy P” played his first game since returning from injury on Friday night, and jumped right back into the swing of things with 19 fantasy points in 29 minutes against the Wizards. As mentioned, the Lakers take on the Magic, and Young should have more than 19 fantasy points considering the Magic have given up over 100 points in seven of their last eight. Young is one of the best values at guard at $9K, and over 20 fantasy points should be expected.

Forward

Maurice Harkless ORL ($7,839)

Another beneficiary of tonight’s fantasy basketball dream matchup is the former St. John’s star Maurice Harkless. He has averaged around 30 minutes per game since the All-Star break, and is averaging around 35 in March. Harkless is starting to see starter minutes each and every night now, and against the Lakers, $7.8K is a steal. The Lakers have given up an average of 125 points in the last week or so and have allowed 130 points or more in four of their last eight games. Harkless has scored 22 fantasy points or more in six of his last eight games. Expect Harkless to reach value with relative ease against the Lakers tonight.

Center

Kyle O’Quinn ORL ($9,980)

For those who have been playing daily fantasy basketball all year, you know what to do when the Lakers play. Start the opponents’ big men. Nikola Vucevic may also be a good play tonight, but Kyle O’Quinn is the real value at center. The 23-year-old from Norfolk State has seen his minutes exponentially increase over the last few weeks and has been rewarded with a starting job alongside Vucevic. O’Quinn has also been one of the more consistent players at under $10K, scoring under 20 fantasy points just four times in his last 13 games. The Lakers will try to stop O’Quinn, but as you all know, the Lakers cannot stop anyone from scoring, or in this case rebounding. Los Angeles ranks amongst the NBA’s lowest in terms of rebounding, and O’Quinn should benefit from this. Expect a double-double from Kyle O’Quinn and for him to reach good value of about 23 or more fantasy points.

Optimized Lineup

G – Arron Afflalo ORL ($10,690)

G – Nick Young LAL ($9,050)

G – Victor Oladipo ORL ($11,128)

F – Maurice Harkless ORL ($7,839)

F – Kenneth Faried DEN ($14,200)

F – Carmelo Anthony NYK ($19,881)

C – Kyle O’Quinn ORL ($9,980)

U – Pau Gasol LAL ($17,052)

Good luck tonight, and be sure to check the starting lineups before tip to be aware of any changes.

In addition to writing here at XNSports, my fantasy content can be seen at Pro Football Focus Fantasy, eDraft, and Project Roto. Member of the FSWA and the FWAA and can be reached on Twitter @JoshCollacchi